Our Firemen, The History of the NY Fire Departments

Chapter 52, Part IX

By Holice and Debbie

HENRY W. McADAMS

Foreman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 2, and

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MICHAEL SALMON

Fireman- Hook and Ladder Co. No. 2

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JOSEPH ARCINEAU

Private- Hook and Ladder Co. No. 4, and

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DEWITT C. BOGGOTT

Fireman-Engine Co. No. 50.

At No. 931 Third Avenue, in the early morning of July 13, 1884, found persons hanging from the windows of the second, third and fourth floors, calling for help. By the fire escape, stairs and ladders they rescued Lottie Nelson, Lizzie Ingalls, P. Madison, Mrs. P. Young and her daughter, Susan, Mr. Eidmann, Mr. and Mrs. Lowe, and W. Wyman and his five children.

OFFICERS AND MEMBERS OF

Hook and Ladder Co. No. 2

Were afterwards honorably mentioned as a body in connection with this fire.

WILLIAM REILLY

Private-Engine Co. No. 24

On the fourth of August, 1884, at 170 Varick Street, found Mrs. McGloin hanging from a third story window and nearly exhausted. Climbing up an awning and standing on the sash of the second story window, he told the woman to drop, and caught her and took her to the street.

JOHN T. NEEDHAM

Assistant Foreman, and

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THOMAS REYNOLDS

Private-Hook and ladder Co. No. 8

At No. 54 Charlton Street, on the fourth of August, 1884, found Caroline Pesks, sixty years old, and her daughter Mary, twenty five years old, cut off by fire, and carried them down a ladder to the street.

WILLIAM D. FRAZIER

Assistant Foreman, and

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JOSEPH A. COTTRELL

Private-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1

At No. 42 Baxter Street, on the twenty-ninth of September, 1884, with Joseph F. McGill, chief of battalion, and officers and members of Hook and Ladder Co. No. 6, rescued nine bewildered persons, and then, on searching the building, found Jeremiah Griffin and Abraham Delinski, a child, who were partly suffocated, and at no inconsiderable risk got them safe to the street.

THOMAS F. FREEL

Private-Engine Co. No. 43

At Pier 48 East River, on the fourth of November, 1884, rescued from drowning William Rapp, of Greenwich, Ct.

WILLIAM D. FRAZER

Assistant foreman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1

At No. 70 Baxter Street, on the fourteenth of December, 1884, climbed an awning, entered the second floor, which was full of dense smoke, and guided by cries and moans, found Mrs. Betsey Butterick and her three children exhausted. A ladder had been raised, and he passed them one by one to comrades.

TIMOTHY FITZPATRICK, JAMES MONAGHAN, SAMUEL McQUIGLEY AND PETER LORRM

Firemen-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 7

On the fourth of February, 1885, rescued, at no. 203 East Thirty-first Street, Mrs. E. F. Roberts, and her three children, by ladders, from the second floor, their escape being cut off by smoke and fire.

PETER SHORT

Foreman, and

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JOHN O. FURMAN, JOHN O. KING AND JOSEPH A. COTTRELL

Firemen-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1, and

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SAMUEL P. LYNCH, AND JOHN CLARKE

Firemen-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 10, and

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DANIEL LYONS

Fireman-Engine Co. No. 10

On the twenty-first of February, 1885, at Nos. 16 and 18 William Street, and Nos. 57, 59, and 61 Beaver Street, at great personal risk, rescued Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Jaede, their daughter, Mina, Josephine Kraft, and Mary Leavy. Six persons lost their lives at this fire, and one person was injured. The rescues were made with a chain of scaling ladders and ordinary ladders, and had the firemen been properly informed of the presence in the buildings of those who were lost, they would have been saved.

WILLIAM REILLY AND CHARLES FROST

Firemen-Engine Co. No. 24

On the twenty-first of February, 1885, at No. 368 Greenwich Street, at no small personal risk, rescued Julia Welsh, Catharine Kennedy and Patrick McCarthy, all aged people, the latter being an octogenarian. The woman Welsh ws in the basement, which was full of fire and smoke, and her clothes were ablaze. Fireman Reilly, in his first attempt at rescue, was badly burned, but he renewed the effort, and took her to the street. the others were rescued from the attic by Frost, who carried them to the street in spite of thick smoke.

JOHN T. NEEDHAM

Assistant Foreman, and

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JAMES H. SHUTE, SAMUEL ROSEBURY AND MOSES RYER

Firemen-Hook and Ladder Co. No 8

On the sixteenth of February, 1885, at No. 164 Franklin Street, rescued by ladders, the building being charged with smoke, Henry Lussing, his wife, and child, and Michael Lynch, his wife and son.

ROBERT C. MANNING AND JAMES M. NUGENT

Firemen-Hook and ladder Co. No. 3

At no. 337 East Fourteenth Street, on the twenty-second of February, 1885, rescued, at personal risk, Mrs. Carlstone and baby, Miss Schwartz, Henry Stern, wife and two children, Mrs. Mary Kennedy and her two daughters, Mrs. McLaughlin and her daughter.

Members

Hook and Ladder Co. Nos. 3 4, and 7 and Engine Co., Nos. 5, 8, 14, 16, and 39,

Honorably mentioned for services at a fire which broke out in the rear of the first floor of the five-story tenement. No. 672 First Avenue, at the dead of night on the third of may, 1885, and cut off all escape by the stairs. Eight persons were suffocated, killed or died. Ida Roebrick, Paul Kroner, Sophia Kroner, Rosalie Humphreys, Martha Kretschmar, Alfred Kretschmar, Kate Limbacher, and daughter, George Hurley, wife and daughter, William Flannagan and H. Lehnpult were rescued in an exhausted condition, and sent to Bellevue Hospital. The alarm was tardily given; apparatus which should have responded were at another fire, and all the person who lost their lives perished before the firemen could aid them. The many who were saved went to the windows, and were taken down by scaling ladders, ladders, life lines and fire escapes.

Transcribed by Holice B. Young

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